The Real Jane Austen

The Real Jane Austen

A Life in Small Things

Book - 2013
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In The Real Jane Austen, acclaimed literary biographer Paula Byrne provides the most intimate and revealing portrait yet of a beloved but complex novelist.

Just as letters and tokens in Jane Austen's novels often signal key turning points in the narrative, Byrne explores the small things - a scrap of paper, a gold chain, an ivory miniature - that held significance in Austen's personal and creative life.

Byrne transports us to different worlds, from the East Indies to revolutionary Paris, and to different events, from a high society scandal to a case of petty shoplifting. In this ground-breaking biography, Austen is set on a wider stage than ever before, revealing a well-traveled and politically aware writer - important aspects of her artistic development that have long been overlooked.

The Real Jane Austen is a fresh, compelling, and surprising biography of the author of some of our most enduring classic books - from Pride and Prejudice to Sense and Sensibility, Emma to Persuasion - and a vivid evocation of the world that shaped her.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2013
ISBN: 9780061999093
Branch Call Number: 823 AUS 2013
Characteristics: xi, 380 pages : illustrations
Alternative Title: Life in small things


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Jul 16, 2014

This lady is one of the best biographers I have ever read. I have tried to read about several other people lately that I truly wish had the benefit of a great biographer like Ms. Byrne. She has proven to me once again (along with the several very bad biographies I've plodded through lately) that it takes a very particular talent to produce a truly revealing and readable biography.

ser_library Aug 22, 2013

interesting and written to appeal to the new to Austen reader, but misses out some important facts

ChristchurchLib Apr 21, 2013

"Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the original publication of Pride and Prejudice, this revealing portrait of the beloved novelist, drawn from the most up-to-date scholarship and unexplored sources, presents a modern take on this famous writer and the world that shaped her." April 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter

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